Category Archives: University College Dublin

Diplomacy – the Irish way

As I approach the midpoint of my year in Ireland, I am both surprised how fast the first half went by and looking forward to all that is to come in 2018. The “homestretch” of last semester saw me mostly … Continue reading

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How does humanity express hope

I am now approaching the end of my fifth month in Dublin and I can hardly believe how quickly the time has gone. It feels like just yesterday that I got on a plane to fly to Ireland for the … Continue reading

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Viewpoints

It’s said that “you don’t know what you don’t know,” and five months into living in Ireland, that is becoming more apparent to me every day. One of the most enjoyable parts of studying public policy at UCD is the … Continue reading

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Out and Proud in Ireland’s LGBT+ Community

Two months ago, I moved to Dublin from the greater New York City area and have been thoroughly enjoying settling in to my residence at UCD. I walked out early one morning from my apartment to a full rainbow across … Continue reading

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Change

Ireland has been a place lately defined by dramatic change. The change brought by surging wealth developed during the Celtic Tiger years, when the country catapulted from one of the economic under-performers of Europe to the shining star that countries … Continue reading

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An Irish Quote

“I can be perfectly happy by myself. With freedom, books, flowers, and the moon, who could not be happy?”  — Oscar Wilde, De Profundis    A little over a year ago I bought a journal in The Coop in Harvard … Continue reading

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Sharing Ireland With My Family

My full name is Micaela Erin Flynn Connery.  We have a sign “No Irish Need Apply” to remind us of when relatives first moved to Newport from Ireland many years ago and how they struggled.  My grandparents, although born and raised … Continue reading

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Ranging around Newgrange

On Monday Emma, Megan, and I travelled to the ancient ruins of Newgrange and the Hill of Tara in County Meath, about a 45 minute drive north of Dublin. Newgrange is a massive circular mound on a hill, constructed of stone, with … Continue reading

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A Sense of the Familiar — Judaism in Ireland

As I prepared to begin my year in Ireland, I was confronted by countless unknowns. Questions about classes, food, and travel circled in a brew of anxious excitement. But with the holidays of Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur happening only … Continue reading

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Pub Life

I’ve been looking forward to Christmas in Dublin since I first touched down in Ireland. Dublin’s cobblestone streets and old Georgian buildings look like they were designed specifically to make all my Harry Potter Christmas fantasies come true, so I … Continue reading

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Halloween and History

I spent this Halloween in Derry, Northern Ireland with some of the Dublin and Belfast-based Mitchells. Derry claims to be the birthplace of the pagan holiday of Halloween, and its ancient city walls on the steep banks of the River … Continue reading

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One Last Cast

I was exhausted. My arm burned from hundreds of futile casts. My feet ached from three days of stumbling on jagged rocks that on more than one occasion sliced up my hands. The violent, frigid waves continued to smash me, … Continue reading

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